It’s the weekly round-up of all things SME and finance related for the end of February. Headlines that will be of particular interest for small businesses include a major chance to receive up to £2,000 in vouchers, plus the Oscar-worthy SMEs who surely deserve an awards show mention…
Feature of the Week
SMEs urged to apply for Growth Vouchers | Business News Daily
Hurry! You could be missing out on up to £2,000 worth of vouchers to help your business grow, as a government scheme to help out SMEs is drawing to a close.
The Growth Vouchers Scheme was set up last January and is due to end on the 31st March. The only catches are that the vouchers must be match-funded by the small business (which, to qualify, must have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50m).
What are you waiting for? Click here to see if your small business will make the cut.
Simon Lewis writes for The Telegraph and notes that, compared to the US, European SMEs are lacking in both equity capital and a willingness to take risks.
Despite the fact that more than 65% of Europe’s workforce is made up of small business employees, relatively few of these make it to become big businesses in comparison with the US. Find out more in the link above.
British consumers are remaining confident about their finances according to a new poll by research firm GfK.
This is thanks to low inflation and rising wages, apparently, and is already being pointed to as supporting the Conservatives in the upcoming General Election voting. Check out why in this report.
Congratulations go to this Yorkshire SME, which was named the best small shop in Britain thanks to its innovative methods for supporting its community.
‘Hunters’ was chosen out of over 300 applications for The Independent Retailers Confederation Best Small Shops competition thanks to their efforts in setting up a village group to help their high street survive the recession. Read what they got up to in this feature.
Finally, the week has been a-buzz with awards season frenzy, thanks to the 87th Academy Awards – but just which SMEs have been involved with winning those glittering trophies?
A lot more than you might think, from costume and prosthetics companies to post production businesses; proving once and for all that good things really do come in small packages.